Cliff Mboya

Cliff Mboya

Research Fellow, Afro-Sino Centre of International Relations; Research Associate, African Centre for the Study of the United States;

Dr Cliff Mboya is an Africa-China analyst and International relations practitioner. He is currently a research fellow at the Afro-Sino Centre of International Relations in Ghana and a research associate at the African Centre for the Study of the United States at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He earned his PhD in International politics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He also holds a MA in Development Communication from the University of Nairobi. His research interests include Africa-China relations (Belt and Road Initiative, Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, public diplomacy), global governance and development communication. Dr Mboya’s most recent work is a book chapter “Connecting And Disconnecting Africa: The Maritime Silk Road Initiative’s Conflicting Effects on Eastern Africa” in China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative, Africa, And The Middle East Feats, Freezes, And Failures (2021).

Boys run past a mural by Senzart911, of children wearing facemasks amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, at Soweto's Kliptown, South Africa, 27 October 2021. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

Chinese investments in Africa moving into new areas amid return of the West

After 20 years of rapid growth fuelled by Chinese investments, Africa-China ties stand at an inflection point, with some African countries wary of the pitfalls of collaboration and other challengers seeking to dominate the region. Will China’s Africa-China relations reach new highs after this fork in the road?